The Cast of “Beyond 2” are Really Upset with the Weather

The Cast of “Beyond 2” are Really Upset with the Weather

The weather hasn’t been cooperating for the cast of TVB’s Deep in the Realm of Conscience <>, sister production to 2009’s Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計>. Principal photography for the showed moved from Hong Kong to Hengdian World Studios last month, but because it’s the “Plum Rain Season” in Zhejiang, not much could be done in the last few days.

“Why? Please tell me why?” wrote Annie Liu (劉心悠) on Instagram. The actress portrays Princess Yuen Yuet, one of the main protagonists on the show. “I strongly hope that the strong rain will strongly leave,” she bemoaned.

Her costar, Chrissie Chau (周秀娜), uploaded a picture of her “crying”. The actress complained about the rain, expressing that the heavy rain had hindered their filming schedule. For the past few days, many of the Deep cast members could do nothing but stay on stand-by for hours, waiting for the rain to stop.

Leading man Steven Ma (馬浚偉), who plays Emperor Xuanzong (Li Longji) on the show, said in a phone interview, “I’ve seen the weather reports, and the next few days will be even worse. I’ve already canceled some schedules. Right now, we’re focusing on shooting my indoor scenes first.”

Steven shared that their worst experience with the rain thus far was when one of their sets flooded. “The hallway had water stains everywhere.” (Return to Hong Kong will be delayed?) “This is expected. I think we’ll be a few days late, but it’s understandable. We’ll work together to finish everything on time.”

The actor said that all the filming delays had allowed him time to go grocery shopping and cook meals for the cast and crew. Hopefully his soup had managed to “cool everyone down”.


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Steven Ma Falls Sick with Bronchitis

Steven Ma Falls Sick with Bronchitis

Filming in Hengdian for Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計2深宮計>, Steven Ma (馬浚偉) recently fell ill with bronchitis due to the poor weather conditions.

Along with Nancy Wu (胡定欣), Chrissie Chau (周秀娜), Alice Chan (陳煒), and the rest of the cast, Steven was scheduled to stay in Hengdian for a short period of time in order to film their outdoor scenes. Unfortunately, the weather in Mainland China was unpredictable and often switched between very hot or very cold.

Not wanting to delay filming, Steven visited a doctor immediately. He disclosed, “The temperature differences are huge. My [bronchitis] was acting up again, so I went to see a doctor to get some Chinese medicine. I also bought an asthma spray, I should be okay!”

On the filming conditions in Hengdian, Steven exclaimed, “It’s very cold here today! When it’s hot, it’s usually 34 to 35 degrees, but it’s only 10 degrees today. Everyone was so cold that we had to huddle!”

Thankfully, Steven had his female cast who took good care of him. As well, Steven revealed that his old friend, Michelle Ye (葉璇) rented him an apartment in Hengdian so he had a place to stay. Upon hearing that Steven was feeling unwell, dozens of his fans also visited him on set.

Touched by his fans’ kindness, Steven expressed, “There were around 30 fans who took the plane and train to get here – they’re so thoughtful. They offered me encouraging words. Every time I come to Hengdian, they actually coordinate a time to come visit. I’m happy that they didn’t buy me presents this time but instead, brought drinks and food for the workers – this makes me even happier.”

Source: Oriental Daily

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Steven Ma Gets His Spa Treatment While Filming “Deep in the Realm of Conscience”

Steven Ma Gets His Spa Treatment While Filming “Deep in the Realm of Conscience”

The Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計2·深宮計> production team has been on a roll with their hygiene content. After Annie Liu (劉心悠) and Jacqueline Wong’s (黃心穎) bath scene, came another bathing scene involving Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Edwin Siu (蕭正楠). This time, the focus lands on Steven Ma (馬浚偉) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣), our crown prince and princess.

Deep, a sister production to 2009’s Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計>, is set during in the late 600’s, during the Tang Dynasty of China. Steven stars as the crown prince Li Longji, who later becomes Emperor Xuanzong. In the aforementioned scene, the crown princess and his wife, played by Nancy, take a soothing bath together under a romantic atmosphere.

DITROC steven ma nancy wu 3It was apparently a very fun and relaxing scene to do, as both Steven and Nancy compared the scene to doing a spa. Steven said, “The pool had warm water that had been sterilized and filtered. Everything was done very professionally, and the flower pedals in the pool actually smelled nice. I really felt like I was getting a spa treatment. I didn’t even care that my skin got all wrinkly in the end!”

As for filming the scene with Nancy, Steven said, “Having her with me was definitely made everything more pleasing to the eye! The atmosphere was great!”

Nancy said Steven was “very wild” during their scene together, saying, “He usually has his hair tied up for the role, but this time he had it down, and he looked completely different! This scene was just a very simple scene about a husband and wife bathing together.” (Any kissing scenes?) “We do kiss on the forehead.”

The actress didn’t expect herself to get so excited about doing her first period drama bath scene. She enjoyed her time in the pool, and imagined herself to be in a relaxing hotspring.

As for the floating tray of wine in the pool, Nancy shared, “It floated really well because Steven was supporting it with his legs!”

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Source: Oriental Daily

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Kenneth Ma and Jacqueline Wong’s Bath Scenes Aren’t With Each Other

Kenneth Ma and Jacqueline Wong’s Bath Scenes Aren’t With Each Other

The following article contains some spoilers for Deep in the Realm of Conscience.

The cast of TVB’s psychological crime drama My Dearly Sinful Mind <心理追兇Mind Hunter> went to Ma On Shan Plaza to promote their series, which is currently airing. The dramas stars Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Sisley Choi (蔡思貝), Mat Yeung (楊明), Grace Wong (王君馨), and Ngo Ka-nin (敖嘉年).

Since the drama’s premiere two weeks ago, viewership ratings hovered in the low 20’s range, indicating an average performance. Kenneth said he doesn’t consider ratings to be the most important, and is instead more interested in reviews and word-of-mouth. He commented that it isn’t a surprise that ratings are no longer as high as they used to be, as more and more viewers are using other methods to watch content.

A few days ago, Kenneth was spotted by paparazzi on a second date with his Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計深宮計> costar Jacqueline Wong (黃心穎), who he is rumored to be dating. Asking if they are developing well as a couple, Kenneth said he hasn’t had the time to go out with Jacqueline more due to their busy schedules.

“We haven’t had the time to meet a third time, but I will let you know if anything develops. We were just watching a movie. I’d go on movie dates with my friends too.” (So how is your relationship with Jacqueline now?) “We are getting to know each other.”

Annie Liu Jacqueline WongNonetheless, the actor did not forget to comment on Jacqueline’s Deep bath scene with Annie Liu (劉心悠), which was published in the news a few days ago. “I wasn’t there when they shot the scene!” said Kenneth. “Of course they’re very pretty. All our actresses are beautiful women. Even the palace maids!”

Kenneth wasn’t at the scene, but he’s heard that Jacqueline and Annie had filmed the scene in comfortable conditions. “I know the bath water was warm. Filming in water at night can be very good, but the studio has provided warm water for them. Annie did say that the company is treating them very well.”

Asking if Kenneth had a similar scene on the show like Jacqueline and Annie, he said, “Actually, Edwin Siu (蕭正楠) and I also had a shower scene! But it wasn’t as beautiful as their’s.” Commenting that their scene sounded very “HeHe” (gay), Kenneth said, “I know! But you won’t get that feel when you watch it, because Edwin had some really handsome camera shots in that scene, and it’s about Annie noticing him and falling for him.”

Source: Oriental Daily

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Annie Liu, Jacqueline Wong Film Bath Scene in “Deep in the Realm of Conscience”

Annie Liu, Jacqueline Wong Film Bath Scene in “Deep in the Realm of Conscience”

Filming Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計2深宮計>, Annie Liu (劉心悠) and Jacqueline Wong (黃心穎) bared their shoulders in a group bath scene.

The prequel, In the Realm of Conscience <宮心計> drew in a viewership rating of 50-points and broke records in 2009. Returning as the producer, Mui Siu Ching‘s (梅小青) hopes to recreate the momentum by featuring a large female cast.

In a recent scene, Annie, Jacqueline, and several other actresses who play the imperial servants, were filming a light-hearted bath scene. Annie and Jacqueline, who play best friends in the series, were splashing each other with water.

Praising the beautiful scenery, Jacqueline said this was like taking a relaxing dip in a Japanese hot spring. Jacqueline expressed, “The water was warm, and it smelled good – it felt really nice. The lighting on the set made everything look beautiful. At first, I thought it would just be using an ordinary wooden tub for this! Turns out, this was being filmed outdoors with beautiful scenery.”

Having worked all night long for the bath scene, Annie said she was grateful the crew was so attentive, providing her with hot water and dry towels. Annie laughed, “I didn’t think the backdrop would be this nice, it’s like going on a vacation and was very relaxing. There was even bath salt and rose petals in the water. Filming this was very fun.”

Source: Oriental Daily

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Dicky Cheung, Michael Miu, Bobby Au-yeung, and More Promote Upcoming TVB Anniversary Dramas

Dicky Cheung, Michael Miu, Bobby Au-yeung, and More Promote Upcoming TVB Anniversary Dramas

Some of the biggest stars in Hong Kong entertainment have gathered together this week for the 2017 Hong Kong International Film & TV Market, or FILMART, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fair ends on Thursday, March 16.

TVB was one of the biggest content producers at the fair, bringing over 70 artistes and introducing 16 upcoming television dramas to the media, seven of them being anniversary dramas for the network’s 50th anniversary.

The first anniversary drama in the roster is Oh My Grad <老表,畢業喇!> starring Roger Kwok (郭晉安), Ada Choi (蔡少芬), and Wong Cho-lam (王祖藍), which is projected to air sometime in the early summer of 2017. Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者2>, prequel to the 2014 drama of the same name, may be next in line. The crime drama stars Michael Miu (苗僑偉), Moses Chan (陳豪), Jessica Hsuan (宣萱), Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), Pakho Chau (周柏豪), and Priscilla Wong (黃翠如).

Assistant General Manager of TVB productions, Felix To (杜之克), said, “This year is actually a very important year [for us], and each and every drama we’ve chosen to do has its own value. The anniversary time slot will start in July or August, and it will end in the first quarter of 2018.”

Felix To added that the long broadcast period of anniversary dramas may affect the broadcast date of the 2017 TVB Anniversary Awards. “Because the anniversary time slot is so long, it’s possible that we may postpone the awards show. But it won’t be too far ahead. We don’t want severe changes.”

Due to their long filming periods, Dicky Cheung’s (張衛健) The Learning Curve of a Warlord <大帥哥> and the blockbuster Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計2·深宮計> will be some of the last anniversary dramas to air this year. Productions for both dramas will not be completed until the late summer.

“We’ll be going to Fujian to shoot the drama this summer,” said Dicky. “I’m not looking forward to that.” He laughed at his own misfortune at having to film most of his costume dramas in the heat, but added that some of his most successful dramas were shot during the summer.

Reporters told Dicky that his ex-girlfriend, Line Walker actress Jessica Hsuan, is interested in collaborating with him again. Dicky said, “She should have said that earlier! I don’t have a say at TVB, but I will not be against it! I am still friends with [my exes].” (What about your other ex, Elvina Kong 江欣燕? Do you mind if she makes a guest appearance?) “I’ve actually thought about this, but it really depends on the script.”

It has been said that Dicky’s costar, Tony Hung (洪永城), was seen going to the restroom with Dicky. The actor nodded with a laugh, “That’s true. I was lost.” (Together?) “Of course!” (You’ve seen it then!) “I rather not!”


James Ng and Bobby Au-yeung

Bobby Au-yeung (歐陽震華), who headlines TVB’s other anniversary drama My Ages Apart <跨時代> with Moses Chan, joked about the incident where costar James Ng (吳業坤) had a visible bulge while accepting a music award on stage in 2015. Bobby said he has given James the nickname “Big Eagle” while Sammy Sum (森美) liked to call him “Burst”.

My Ages Apart is produced at 50 episodes. It also stars Louis Cheung (張繼聰), Kristal Tin (田蕊妮), Ali Lee (李佳芯), Maggie Shiu (邵美琪), Elena Kong (江美儀), Hui Shiu-hung (許紹雄), Eddie Kwan (關禮傑), and John Chiang (姜大衛).

Former couple Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣) got along really well while the two promoted Deep in the Realm of Conscience, sister production to 2009’s Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計>. Kenneth, however, did not interact much with his current rumored girlfriend Jacqueline Wong (黃心穎), who also stars in the show and attended the event.


Jacqueline Wong and Kenneth Ma

Jacqueline said she’s not jealous of Kenneth and Nancy, also expressing that she doesn’t mind working with Kenneth as a couple on-screen, regardless of their real-life relationship status.

Like its predecessor, Deep in the Realm of Conscience is set in Tang Dynasty China, during the reign of Emperor Xuanzong, 100 years before Beyond. It stars Nancy Wu, Kenneth Ma, Steven Ma (馬浚偉), Annie Liu (劉心悠), Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Chrissie Chau (周秀娜), Alice Chan (陳煒), Susan Tse (謝雪心), Candy Lo (羅霖), Angie Cheong (張慧儀), Akina Hong (康華), Pinky Cheung (張文慈), and Michelle Yim (米雪).

Other anniversary dramas marked for 2017 includes Succession War <天命> starring Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) and Shaun Tam (譚俊彥); and Heart and Greed <溏心風暴3>, starring Michelle Yim, Ha Yu (夏雨), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Louise Lee (李司棋), Susanna Kwan (關菊英), Michael Tong (唐文龍), and veteran actress Nora Miao (苗可秀) in her first TVB drama.


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